Friday, November 12, 2004

Today's OED antedating: "leak"

Leak, disclosed confidence (n., sec 1 (d), first use cited 1950): Untitled item by Franklin P. Adams, New York Tribune, January 3, 1917, p 9, col 1: "Well, it appears, in the first place, that nobody in Washington had anything to do with the 'peace leak'; and, in the second place, there was no 'leak' in the first place." And a more illustrative untitled item by Adams, New York Tribune, February 1, 1917, p 11, col 1: "Peace note leak motto: Hutton, Hutton, who got the information?"